FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – For seniors like Keion Powers and Kye Black the 2013 football season was a far cry from their 0-10 days as freshman.
“We were losing to teams 60-0,” Powers says. “That just built our hunger. From that year, all the way up to last season, we got so close. Now this year, we just want to fight to get it.”
“You could say we’ve been pushing a lot more because we have had that taste of it,” Black adds. “It’s like, oh that was good, you want to make it back there and go further.”
The Generals 6-4 record was a surprise, it may have also been a turning point. Wayne had gone 3-18 over the previous two seasons before breaking out last fall. With an explosive offense and an athletic defense returning, the pieces are in place for first year head coach Scot Shaw to keep the good times rolling for the Generals.
It all begins with Keion Powers who is making the move to quarterback, replacing the graduated Jalen Thomas. Powers is just as dangerous running with the ball as he is throwing it, but will have a slew of options to choose from. Twin brother Deion and Austin Yarbro return to the backfield, bringing with them nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns with them. Then there’s Auston Robertson, a stud defensive end recruit, who also lines up at tight end.
Defensively, Shaw says he knows his team will be quick to the football, it’s a matter of finishing each play strong. The Powers will man the secondary, while Robertson and players like Kye Black will lead an athletic front seven for the Generals.
Wayne opens its season on the road at Anderson on August 22nd.